Thursday, September 11, 2008

Baseball - The All-American (British) game?

There is an old saying here that goes, "As American as baseball, mom, and apple pie." How about this one on for size: "As American as Baseball, mater, and mincemeat pie." No? Doesn't have quite the same ring to it? Well, if this story is to be believed, then instead of hot dogs, Yankee Stadium may have to start selling bangers and mash. Now, being the the harbinger of useless knowledge that I am, I do know that baseball is actually a meshing of cricket and rounders, with rounders being a child's game in the UK. I was advised by my former paramedic colleague from England that baseball was 'a kid's game being played by overpaid adults." Clearly he didn't understand the esteem that our national pastime is held in.

Then again, with this new finding, he may have been on to something.

I wonder how this will change the face of our blessed game? Here are some possibilities. Feel free to suggest some more. (I'm sure my UK friends will be more than glad to chime in...)

1. Teams will now be required to wear all-white uniforms. No individual colors will be allowed.

2. Players will be required to respond with the phrase "Yes, guv'nor." to all requests by the manager.

3. "Take Me Out To The Ball Game," the traditional baseball song, will be replaced by either the pub song of choice, or possibly "God Save The Queen." The "Star Spangeld Banner" will remain the opening song of the game, as it is derived from a drinking song anyway.

4. The "Seventh Inning Stretch" will be replaced with the "Seventh Inning Tea Time."

5. The World Series, a.k.a. the "Fall Classic," will be replaced by a series of test matches that will go on for at least 2 days minimum.

If you can think of anything else, let's have it......


Peter said...

6. Teams will be advised to only use UK English: the flavour of the month will be a thin, crispy British chocolate, served after the game ;-)

adsisson1 said...

7. The world series will be truly a world series ala the world cup in fotball (soccer to us in the usa)

Guyana-Gyal said...

One question...why do they call it 'world series' when it's only America playing? That's always baffled me.

Yes. My mother insists that baseball is rounders. The children played it here when Guyana was a British colony.

Mr. Nighttime said...

GG-That started a long time ago, when baseball was only played here, so in essence, we were the only country in the world to play it, at one time.

It is somewhat inappropriate these days to refer to it as the "World Series," considering how many other places play the game these days, but, you can't argue with tradition.

Young Heejin Cassie said...

Do you know that I love baseball!
I don't know how to play it but I want to someday.

Anyway I found you on The Duchovny Files.

Happy new year to you friend.